Back to basic's BB's on the WSM, Q-view

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smokinal, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    We were going through the freezer yesterday & came across a rack of BB's. They had been in there for a couple of months. We didn't have anything planned for dinner, so I thawed them out. Around here everyone likes fall off the bone ribs, so I decided to make the best fall off the bone ribs ever. The rack we had was quite thick, actually about the thickness of most spares we have bought. So I thought 3-2-1. Since I was changing the way I usually smoke ribs, why not change the whole process as well. I fired up the WSM, unwrapped the ribs, & rinsed them off. This is where it started to change from what I always do. No mustard or rub, just a little salt & CBP. I cut the rack into 2 pieces, because one end was a little thinner than the other, and since the WSM runs a little hotter toward the outside edge I put the thinner piece in the middle & the thicker piece toward the outside. Set the smoker to run at 210. I then made a mop sauce consisting of 1 cup apple juice & 1 cup of Jeff's BBQ sauce. Never mopped before. For the first 3 hours I mopped the ribs every hour. Then foiled them with a little dark beer for the next 2 hours. Then back on the grate for the last hour, mopping every 20 minutes. These were hands down the best ribs I have ever eaten, even Judy who is my toughest critic said the same thing. I have been finding out lately that I have been getting carried away with rubs, marinades, injections, etc. These ribs were really full of flavor. You could taste the pork & smoke flavor, with out it being overpowered with seasoning. They were very juicy & tender, and had a nice bark on them. When I went to cut them they started to fall apart because I had to saw through the bark. I would never call anything I smoked perfect, but I now know these will be my signature ribs from now on.

    Here's a look at what we did. This is where it started:

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    Cut in half & ready for seasoning:

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    Just a little salt & pepper:

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    Here they are fresh out of the smoker:

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    Here's another angle:

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    You can see I had trouble cutting them up, maybe the Johnny Walker had something to do with that:

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    This was really crazy. We never got around to putting them on a plate. We just stood at the cutting board & couldn't stop eating. I put the camera down & a couple of minutes later. This was all that was left. I took a quick photo and then we finished them up, still standing at the cutting board.

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    Thanks for looking. Hope you enjoyed the show. 
     
  2. lexoutlaw

    lexoutlaw Smoke Blower

    great job al....looks like a nice change for ya
     
  3. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Man O Man al them bones look great. bet they tasty good.. Nice job
     
  4. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice pull back! Looks awesome!!
     
  5. I do the cutting board gorging too Al. Amelia will give me a smack when she catches me, especially when we have guests. Those ribs look outstanding. I'm with you on simple. Sometimes I think we get caught up in trying to be clever and forget how great meats can be without all the jazz. Great smoke buddy!
     
  6. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic

    Wow AL, those looks amazing and I agree that sometimes we get to creative and move so far from the basics that we forget how good simple is. Keep up the good work!

    P.S. I realized you live in Sebring, I feel like I met you before, my dad lives there in a retirement community where everyone has golf carts, boats, and a lake (or body of water), his name is Tom Robert (shaky).
     
  7. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    We live in a retirement community too. It's called Tanglewood. It has a bunch of fishing ponds, but nothing big enough for boats. This is a small town. I might have seen you at Walmart. In any case the next time you come to town look me up. We can have a few beers & put some ribs on the WSM.
     
  8. big twig

    big twig Smoking Fanatic


    He lives in Buttonwood Bay (I think that's what it's called) right off Lake Josephine. It might have been at Walmart, VFW (if you go there) or numerous other places, it is a small town, I have a photographic memory and you looked familiar, who knows. Either way next time I'm down there I'll give you a shout.
     
  9. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great looking ribs there Al....I, as well, have never been a 'mopper' but looks like I might be giving that a whirl. Being a cook I've been eating standing up for years, usually near a sink...lol...when I do it at home I get grief from Andrea though.
     
  10. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks GREAT Al !!!!

    Mighty tasty looking!

    I agree, All I do is mustard & rub.

    No injections, no marinating---Then a little juice in the foil. Nothing else until my fork hits them!

    Bear
     
  11. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Buttonwood Bay was built by the same guy who built Tanglewood. When he finished Buttonwood, he built Tanglewood. Some of the guys who work here came from Buttonwood.
     
  12. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

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    Looks darn good Al!!!

    I keep looking out the door waiting on my new WSM...

       Craig
     
  13. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Your gonna love it Craig! I can't say enough about that smoker & with your guru it will really be awesome!
     
  14. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Man 'o Man, what a wealth of ribs today.  Absolutely great looking ribs.  H-m-m-m-m, fortunately, there's two spares in the pack, one section for Eric's and one section for yours.  Yep, that'll work.  Not to see which is better but VARIETY!!!!!
     
  15. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nice looking grub Al (as always).... [​IMG]
     
  16. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice job Al.  It is nice to see so many smokers who are willing to forget the "rules" and fix food the way their family likes it.

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  17. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks for all the great comments guys!
     
  18. looks great Al!

    Basic can be beautiful!!

    Nice bamboo cutting board, too!
     
  19. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    Thanks Moose, I bought a 2 of those boards a couple of years ago. Lowe's had them on a close out sale, The other one is about twice the size, and they seem indestructible. 
     

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